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Old 11-15-2010, 09:34 AM   #1
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Switching from bottles to sippy cups....?

I know this question really isn't about introducing solids, but I didn't know where else to put it. I have been trying to switch my 13 month old for a couple of weeks from his bottles to sippy cups with no luck. He will occasionally drink juice from a sippy, but he refuses to drink milk from them. He takes one drink, and when he finds out it is milk, he refuses to drink anymore. I have tried every sippy cup out there, except Born Free which is coming in the mail tomorrow. Should I just pack up the bottles and switch him cold turkey? The only thing I am worried about is he is already less than 3% on the growth charts, and I hate the idea of him skipping meals. Or should I let him have his bottles a little longer and not worry about it?

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Old 11-19-2010, 10:32 AM   #2
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Re: Switching from bottles to sippy cups....?

If it were me I'd just give him the bottles for awhile longer. Sounds like you have tried everything else you could do.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:04 PM   #3
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Re: Switching from bottles to sippy cups....?

I don't know if this would help, but when we were transitioning my dd from breastmilk in bottles to cow's milk in a sippy, I bought a new kind of sippy (a larger straw cup) and added a bit of baby yogurt to her milk. The yogurt sweetened the milk, so it helped get her to drink it. Then I gradually phased out the yogurt so now she drinks plain milk. If your son has been drinking other drinks out of the sippy cup before, maybe getting a new kind of sippy for milk would help. Sometimes I think that toddlers get used to expecting that a certain cup will contain a certain drink and don't like it when the drink is not what they expected.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:29 PM   #4
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Our daughter didn't figure out a sippy cup until she was 18 months old-and she hit every other physical milestone on the early side. And she didn't figure out a straw until 2.5 years. I stressed and spent a fortune on sippy cups. We started offering one at 6 months. She would violently refuse it. Sorry, I have no advice but just be patient. It's not worth the stress!
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:35 PM   #5
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OP, are you putting bm, formula, or cows milk in the sippy?
Our DD was the same way - water in the sippy was absolutely okay. We kept the bm in bottles until my pumped stash ran out... And then bm-in-bottles went away.
Maybe try offering milk in a small open cup (that you hold for LO).
Good news, this too shall probably pass - milk is now allowed in sippies around here...
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:55 PM   #6
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Re: Switching from bottles to sippy cups....?

Have you tried straw sippy cups? Or just plain non-sippy cups? I had best of luck with the Take N Toss straw cups.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:39 PM   #7
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We had a slightly different issue. I always breastfed (straight from the tap) but tried to introduce the sippy cup at 5 months (then solids at 6 mo). My DS didn't get it. He couldn't get the water out. When he had a terrible bout with constipation at 7.5 months it suddenly became important that he really get the water out. I ended up with 6 sippy cups he didn't understand and even tried cutting the nipple of a bottle. We started helping him drink from a very small 2 ounce container. He loves drinking from a cup. It is something he does with Daddy. Then I found this last week and at almost 9 months he can use it by himself. http://m.toysrus.com/skava/static/pr...ww.toysrus.com
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We never did sippy cups. She went from boob/bottle to straws, then to regular cups. She never had a problem using the straw vs the bottle, and it's way easier to carry a few straws in my bag than a sippy. Pouch foods helped her transition, I think - she got the hang of gogosqueeze very early
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Re: Switching from bottles to sippy cups....?

Sippy cups did not work for us either, but our son took to straw cups right away. I know other moms who have gone directly to open cups with just a few days of practice.
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Re: Switching from bottles to sippy cups....?

Our son did best going from breast to regular cup. Then he learned to use a straw sippy. At almost 2 he still can't figure out a regular sippy.
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